Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages.

Formerly Boarded-Up House Found New Life

Editors Note: We had to change our site visitor's original title for this piece, due to some technicalities about the way the site works. But the author's

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Neighbor Singles Me Out on Infraction

Visitor Question: The deed restriction states that we cannot have a fence on the front yard of the house. Various neighbors have fences on the front yard

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Relationship Between Transit and Sprawl a Complex One

This page provides 6 discussion questions about relationships between transit and sprawl in your city, to encourage dialogue about whether transit decreases or aggravates sprawl in your city.

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Commercial Rezoning Violates Covenants

Visitor Question: I live in a residential subdivision in Tennessee. Recently, the road to the subdivision was widened to 5 lanes and the land immediately

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Community Improvement Projects and Ideas from Our Visitors

Community betterment starts with simple community improvement projects that create visible success quickly. Our visitors share tips, easy ideas, event details, successful endeavors, and programs.

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Best of Street Parties, Street Festivals, Block Parties

Visitors send descriptions and photos of their favorite street parties. This should inspire a festival of your own.

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A Parklet Replaces On-Street Parking with Something Livelier

A parklet transforms one or more parking spaces into a sidewalk extension that typically provides seating, greenery, and perhaps cafe space. Find out how and when to create one.

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Waterfront Redevelopment Rewards Are Worth the Hard Work

Making your waterway a focal point instead of a grungy back door to the community can really boost your economic development potential. Waterfront redevelopment requires careful planning.

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Correct Scale for Public Sculpture

Visitor Submittal: I really like this large sculpture in the median in Berlin near the famous and huge KaDeWe department store (Kaufhaus des Westens).

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Camps and Retreats Permit

Visitor Question: We live in a rural Montana neighborhood with 20 acres. There are 10 homesites back here ranging from 5 to 20 acres on a private easement

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Process for Updating Deed Restrictions

Visitor Question: Are there specific requirements that need to be followed when getting a home owners approval on updating a deed restriction, i.e., signature

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Cellular Antennas on Historic Buildings

Visitor Question: A new local project development consists of a total renovation of a former factory building into condominiums. The building has historical

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Deed Restriction on Property Deceased Relative Once Owned

Visitor Question: Someone contacted me about an old deed restriction on a property no longer owned by my grandfather, who passed away many years ago. The

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Best Zoning for a Ministry

Visitor Question: Our ministry has been gifted a piece of property that currently has 3 different zonings. A small piece is 02, a section is HE and the

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Violent Extremism and Terrorism as Hindrance to Community Development

Visitor Question: What are the impacts of violent extremism and terrorism from a community development perspective? Editors' Reflection: Thank you for

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